Ireland's first 'GoCar' sharing service as part of the European Mobility Week to promote sustainable mobility was launched in Cork City by Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey, T.D. September 19th.
The European Mobility Week 2008, involved 2,000 towns and cities across Europe, highlighting the need for behavioural change in mobility and especially use of the private car, its impact on our pockets, health and especially the environment.
'GoCar' is a car sharing service accessible 24/7 for as little as one hour. Payable by credit card, with fully comprehensive insurance included in the price and in case of an accident a maximum of 1,000 Euro is payable. A full driving licence for at least two years is required. A dedicated website www.gocar.ie will keep you updated on Gocar locations as they emerge nationally. Three sites in Cork City include College View, Wandesford and Anglesea.
Speaking at the launch, the Minister said: "The launch of GoCar car sharing service is another important signal of how sustainability is becoming the foundation on which Ireland's transport policy will be based. This car sharing scheme, (launched today jointly with the Lord Mayor of Cork) may seem like a small step confined as it is at present to Cork but it is a signal of a move to a more sutainable future."
"On the wider agenda of sustainable travel, Ireland will, in the period to 2020,
face enormous challenges in terms of transport emissions and congestion in our
cities and towns. Faced with these issues, and the rising cost of fuel supplies,
there will inevitably be a significant impact on the basic quality of life of all our citizens. It is vital that we think differently in future about our travel requirements."
Minister Dempsey remarked that we need a cultural change in our view of travel and transport and he is committed to producing a Sustainable Travel and Transport Action Plan towards the end of the year, and has, "pledged support to rolling out An Taisce's Greenschools Travel module on a nationwide basis and promised the development of a robust national Cycle Policy."